Mo' Money Mo' Problems
Republican mayoral candidate George McDonald says one of his rivals never should have been allowed to participate in last week’s official debate–and is trying to bar him from the next one.
In a complaint filed yesterday with the city’s Campaign Finance Board, Mr. McDonald charges that the board violated its own rules when it allowed billionaire candidate John Catsimatidis to participate in last Wednesday’s televised debate because he failed to raise the qualifying cash.
Chairman of the Bored
Some politicians adore campaigning; buttonholing commuters, making the church rounds to share their visions for the city and having heart-to-hearts at senior centers.
And then there are candidates like Joe Lhota, the leading Republican running for mayor.
Chatting up passersbys recently outside a subway stop on the Upper East Side, Mr. Lhota’s energetic hellos and handshakes were interspersed with awkward pauses and commentary, as he stood with his hands on his hips, arms framing a bulky white shirt and blue striped tie.
“I’m leaving as soon as it starts raining,” he said to his staff, only half-joking, during a lull between handshakes under an increasingly threatening sky.
Follow the money
Former Comptroller Bill Thompson is ramping up his attacks on mayoral rival Anthony Weiner after new fund-raising data revealed Mr. Weiner has been raking in cash from the taxi industry.
Mr. Thompson’s chief strategist Jonathan Price, fired off a missive earlier today accusing the former congressman of coming out against the city’s new outer-borough taxis as a result of the thousands he’s been collecting from drivers and dispatchers, who are largely opposed to the plan.
Despite speculation that Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s sudden jump back into politics would drag Anthony Weiner’s name back into the mud, his campaign appears to be getting off to a good week.
The former congressman, who is now leading the polls in the mayors race, raised an impressive $828,886 dollars over the past two months, according to new disclosures filed with the city’s Campaign Finance Board earlier today.
This morning, former MTA Chair Joe Lhota became the first major mayoral candidate to directly go after Anthony Weiner in a strongly-worded fund-raising pitch, perhaps providing a taste of what could be a heated general election pairing.
City Comptroller John Liu refunded more than $14,000 worth of contributions implicated in the straw donor scheme that has overshadowed his campaign, new campaign filings show.
Mr. Liu, whose former treasurer and a fund-raiser were found guilty earlier this month on federal campaign finance fraud charges, returned 29 contributions, which ranged from $50 to $1,000, the filings show.
Republican mayoral hopeful George McDonald vowed to soldier on after raising less than $4,000 in the latest filing period, raising serious questions about the viability of his campaign.
The Doe Fund founder brought in just $3,580 from March 12 through May 11, according to a campaign spokesman–a total that would be considered disappointing for even a City Council candidate, let alone someone campaigning citywide. That leaves Mr. McDonald with just $126,000 cash-on-hand–$125,000 of which came from a loan from the candidate himself.
Money money money
President Barack Obama returned to the city this afternoon for a trio of star-studded fund-raising events.
Mr. Obama’s first stop was the West Village home of movie producer Harvey Weinstein and his wife, fashion designer Georgina Chapman, where about 65 people paying between $16,200 and $20,000 gathered around tables draped in white linen to hear the president speak.
Spare Some Change?
Mayoral candidate Adolfo Carrión Jr. raised just $18,000 over the latest fundraising period, his campaign announced on Monday.
Mr. Carrión, who is running on the Independence Party ticket, still has more than $530,000 cash on-hand–enough to keep him in the race. But the total, raised from March 12 through May 11, is less than the numbers put up by many City Council candidates and is a sure a blow for the former Bronx Borough President’s bid for the top job in City Hall.